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Is this the kind of effect you're looking for? I'd written a big long reply, but if this is what you want, it's not the right response.

In regards to animated props in general I'd look around the forums at a bunch of different projects including...

• rocking chairs
• tombstone peepers
• cauldron creeps
• animated ouija boards

...and see what kind of movement they use. Then see if any of those are adaptable to a project. We started playing around with reindeer motors a couple years ago and have gotten a bunch of fairly different movements in the yard - and we definitely aren't technical wizards or master craftsmen.

I do remember some people saying a while back that they tried using oscillating fans for figures with moving heads. Some got it to work but their were others that found that - without the fan blades moving air around, the motors would overheat and fail. So you'd want to make sure to test anything for a while if you want it to run all night.
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